The Golf Hall Of Fame returns to one of the most famous golf courses in the world

The World Golf Hall of Fame is moving from its longtime home in St. Augustine, Florida to become part of a new complex in North Carolina created by the United States Golf Association.

The USGA is developing Golf House Pinehurst, making it a natural fit for the two organizations to combine their playing histories in one location, officials believe.

“There is no better connection to golf’s past, present and future than Pinehurst, and no organization that works harder than the USGA to preserve the history of this great game,” said Mike Whan, CEO of the USGA, said in a press release. “We look forward to celebrating golf’s greatest moments and greatest athletes, including the World Golf Hall of Fame as a significant part of our new home at Pinehurst.”

The Hall of fame has called St. Augustine home for nearly 30 years, offering golf enthusiasts a chance to see some of the artifacts and possessions of the game’s greats, as well as the plaques and stories of game legends.

It has been the site of the annual induction of new members into the hall, but that will now change. In 2024 and 2029, the ceremonies will be held in North Carolina in conjunction with the US Open, which will be held on Pinehurst No. 2 in those years.

“Like the USGA, the Hall of Fame is committed to connecting with fans around the world to shine a light on the sport’s greatest moments and legends,” said Greg McLaughlin, CEO of the World Golf Hall of Fame.

He called the move “an exciting new opportunity” and noted that Hall hailed from Pinehurst before the move to Florida.

“Put simply, it makes sense,” Whan said. “We are more committed than ever to delivering experiences that build even deeper connections between golf fans and those who have truly paved the way in this great game.”

The Hall of Fame will move many of its current exhibits to Pinehurst. The USGA will house its collection on the first floor, and the hall will create a second floor dressing room.

Among the elements planned for the initial display:

  • Johnny Miller’s clubs, ball and gold medal at the 1973 US Open at Oakmont, where he shot a record 63 in the last round
  • The jersey worn by Annika Sorenstam in the first round of the 2003 Colonial, where she became the first woman to play in a PGA Tour event since 1945
  • Compass, slide rule and bifocal glasses used by course architect Donald Ross
  • MacGregor golf bag of Jack Nicklaus from the 1965 Masters
  • The golf bag and clubs used by Lorena Ochoa to win the 2008 British Women’s Open, her first major victory
  • A Spalding 2 wood used by Bobby Jones
  • A wedge used by Seve Ballesteros to win the 1979 Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, his first of five major titles
  • The 1922 PGA Championship trophy and 1935 Masters champion plaque of Gene Sarazen, the first player to complete a professional Grand Slam career

The USGA opened its 6-acre Golf House Pinehurst campus in June.

“Golf brings communities together, increases tourism and creates good jobs, and I am excited to continue working with the USGA to grow the game and our economy here in North Carolina,” said the Governor of North Carolina. North, Roy Cooper.

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